fuming nitric acid

noun

Definition of fuming nitric acid

: concentrated nitric acid containing dissolved nitrogen oxides prepared as either a colorless to pale yellow or a red to brown corrosive poisonous liquid and used especially as a nitrating agent and as a powerful oxidizing agent (as in rocket propellants)

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“Fuming nitric acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuming%20nitric%20acid. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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